The Family of Catholic Parishes
At the Rising of the Sun
(serving Alcona and southern Alpena counties)

From the rising of the sun to its setting to You, Almighty God all honor and glory (Ps 113,3)

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Stewarship

SHARING OF ONE’S TREASURES
Christian Stewardship

Everything we are and have, will be and have, are gifts from God given to us to share with others. We encourage Christian Stewardship of one’s time, talents, and treasures. 

DAY-TO-DAY- OPERATION OF THE PARISHES
As a way of living out one’s financial stewardship, the parish encourages Biblical tithing of one’s income: 5% for support of parish; 1% for Missions; 1% for the CSA; 3% for other charities.

The parish, endeavoring to practice what it preaches, tithing its Sunday offering for needs outside the parish: e.g. support of food pantry, needy individuals/families, Catholic Relief Services, St. Vincent de Paul. 

LEAVING A LEGACY AND WILLS
Parishioners are encouraged to remember their parish in their estate planning and their wills. Endowments for the parish and its ministries can be arranged through the Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation at 231-922-9070 (website) or at the diocese (989-732-5147). Only the interest on these gifts is given to the parish for use as a donor indicated.

CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL (CSA)
The annual Diocese of Gaylord’s Catholic Service Appeal in May provide funds for the operation of the Diocese of Gaylord and the Universal Church. It combines several appeals that are collected separately in Funds collected over a parish’s share are returned to a parish for its own use. Funds not collect to cover a parish’s share needs to come from the parish operational income.

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
World Mission Sunday, the second to the last Sunday of October, invites all of us to support the Church’s missions in the poorest areas of the world through our interest, prayers, and financial support of the Society for The Propagation of the Faith.

SEMINARIAN EDUCATION FUND COLLECTION 
This collection held on the weekend closest to Aug 4, the feast of St. John Vianney, patron saint of parish priest, helps fund the education of future priests.

RELIGIOUS RETIREMENT COLLECTION
This collection, held on the second Sunday of December, helps religious communities of men and women support their retired and ill members. Stipends in the past did not provide sufficient resources for them.

CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES’ OPERATION RICE BOWL
This Lenten program allows us to reach out to the needy in prayer, fasting, learning and sharing of one’s finances, especially what we save through Lenten fasting and abstinence.

The parishes also offer opportunities to help those in need and those affected by major disasters through special collections, financial support of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, local food pantries, Christmas Giving Trees and food collections and the like.